Feb 28, 2011
CNN has the story. Read more about Frank Buckles at Wikipedia.
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Category: Cute, History
Wow. I remember the days when the WWI veterans would march in 4th of July and Memorial Day parades. I knew a couple, personally.
Dang you’re old.
For some reason, I have a pretty strong interest in World War I vets, and I’m pretty sure that there are two more who are still alive. Frank Buckles was the last U.S. World War I vet. I believe the other two are from Great Britain.
Hmmm. I got my info from Wikipedia which says, “At the time of his death, Buckles was also the oldest verified World War I veteran in the world…”
Of course, that could be wrong.
I updated the title. Thanks for letting me know.
My step-grampa was a WWI vet. He died long ago. And suffered most of his life with the residual effects of mustard gas. And hubby’s great-uncle never came home alive but his family still remembers him.
i heard on NPR this morning that there are two vets left. one is british and the other australian. buckles was the last american vet.
I updated the title… Thanks!
The last British soldier from WW1 died last summer. He was 111. He was predeceased (just) by the last RAF and Navy veterans.
Oops – realised its now 2011. Where did 2010 go? It was in summer 2009 that he died. Harry Patch was his name and I was fortunate enough to attend his funeral in Wells Catherdral, Somerset.
(We'll never share your info)